Nick Varano invites you to enjoy superlative and classic Italian fare in this boldly colored and romantic atmosphere. NICO’s friendly and enthusiastic staff set the bar for quality customer service. The kitchen is under the direction and expertise of celebrated Boston chef, Salvatore Firicano.
Boston, MA 02113
Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner Served Daily
Sunday - Thursday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 12:00pm - 12:00am
Between Harris St. and Hanover Ave.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Join us on Tuesday nights for Street Magic!
MBTA Blue Line
Aquarium, Government Center
MBTA Orange Line
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Nico Ratings and Reviews
I was a little disappointed in Nico although our party of 6 was split on our opinion. We had a reservation at 7 pm but had to wait about 20 minutes until our table was ready. The place is small so we got a drink at the bar but were jostled around by the people going by. I had the sangria and it was very good. Once we were seated downstairs, our server took excellent care of us. He was one of the highlights of our visit. The appetizers were outstanding - smoked mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto seared and served on a bed of greens, calamari, and the meatball with ricotta. I would highly recommend any of them! The people in our party who had the cioppino, lobster ravioli and chicken parm were very pleased. I has the chicken saltimocca which was a bit of a disappointment. It was okay but not what I would consider fantastic for a North end restaurant. Another person got the shrimp and scallops in a black truffle cream sauce and she did not care for her meal. I tried it and it didn't have much flavor and was very heavy. Also, Nico does not serve coffee...only espresso!
If you go here, stick with the items that come with red sauce (or the cioppino which my husband said had a ton of seafood but not a lot of pasta). I would not return unless it was to split a bunch of the wonderful appetizers or to just get a more traditional spaghetti and meatball dish.
I was super disappointed by Nico. My boyfriend arrived on Valentine’s Day with an 8:30 reservation, but the restaurant hasn’t timed it correctly and we ended up waiting for over a half hour. I usually love the pasta anywhere in the North End but my date and I both were really unimpressed with our pasta dishes. I ordered the linguine with clams and it was essentially flavorless. My boyfriend ordered the carbonara and barely took three bites because it was swimming in butter in cream. There was no other flavor except for an excessive amount of butter. For the price, not even remotely worth it, there are much better places.
This was our second visit to Nico and it was as wonderful as our first. Excellent service and delicious food in both visits. Nico’s is small and intimate, perfect for a date or special celebration. The meatballs are well seasoned and perfectly tender, not dry at all. Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken is rich and creamy. Highly recommend this jewel in the North End.
Food was very good. Not the best that I’ve had in the North End but very good and ample portions. Service was outstanding. Bartender great. Very small space, typical of many North End eateries. Prices reasonable for the area and large portions. Overall, very good!
The food is good with big portion but I was expecting better. The sausage rigatoni was very salty. The service was not great. We didn’t want to drink but the server kept on up selling us for alcohol.
We set on the main floor (there is another level in the basement) is nice with a bar. Good for special occasions as it was too crowded on the day we went. Noise level was moderate.
Bartender was good, although she spent a lot of time with the people next to us talking about their personal lives, so a little distracting. Everything was okay - nothing to draw us back, but okay. Food was okay - nothing special compared the many other restaurants in the North End. We decided to try a new restaurant rather than going to our old stand-by, and it was just okay. Probably wouldn't make a special date to return because there are too many others to try - and we want outstanding when we dine.
Nico is a typical North End Italian restaurant. We were seated downstairs which is not very nice - noisy and crowded. The service was very good - our waiter was attentive and water glasses were constantly being filled. The food was good, but not great. The calamari and spaghetti dish was disappointing - very, very spicy and not much seafood. The other dishes were good. The portions were huge - no one finished their meal. Nico is a fine restaurant, but there are far better options on Hanover Street.
The meal was delicious, per usual. What I love the most is the scoop of fresh ricotta included with a few dishes. I’ve never encountered that anywhere else and believe it adds a special something to the dish. Our waiter was hilarious and professional. Which made for a fun atmosphere. Lost a star due to our table position. I wish the curtains were drawn because we kept getting blasted by cold air every time the door opened.
Celebrated my birthday with my wife while staying in Boston over night. Picked Nico out of all the North End restaurants based upon reviews and our knowledge of the North End. It was our first visit and I can't wait to go back. We had the Caprese salad first; it was one of the best we've had (just the right amount of season and a great balsamic glaze). I had the veal valdostana and again it was one of the best I've tasted. My wife had a chicken dish and it was just okay but we didn't expect much; she was trying to stay away from sauce. We skipped dessert to stop at Modern Pastry on the walk back to the hotel.
Fabulous food and great ambiance!
Cute little spot to have a great dinner. We ordered one of the evenings specials, Ciopinno and one item off the menu. Both were more flavorful than expected. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and was there whenever we needed him.
Great hostess. She was very friendly and eager to please.
I would definitely go back!
Extremely large portions of wonderful food. Prices, especially for specials, sound high until you see the size of the portions and taste the food! We had excellent servers at the bar and at the table. Everyone was helpful, assisting with dragging scarves and heavy coats on a freezing night in the North End. Tables are close together, but far enough apart for the waiters. We left with two to-go bags after generous chicken and lobster dishes could not be finished. Nice lunch the next day!
Really recommend the lobster meat risotto which was a special the evening we went for dinner. Also the Nico's sangria was a different and enjoyable start to the evening.
Food was fantastic. I had the duck ravioli with prosecco cream sauce and it was amazing!
Husband had the chicken parm and it was super tender. Server was great and very attentive.
While the restaurant is very small and somewhat cramped, the overall experience was A+
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